The Central Coast has cemented itself a place in the community radio history books.
In December 2011, Gosford/Wyong Community Radio Association Inc (consisting of Coast FM963, todayscountry94one and Radio Five-O-Plus) received $25,873 in grant funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation to assist in the relocation of Radio Five-O-Plus from the 2GO tower to the nearby SEA FM tower, and join Coast FM963 and todayscountry94one in anantenna-sharing arrangement.
Peter Little of Coast FM963 said
“This project has brought all three stations together in more ways than one.
Representatives of each station sit around the table and discuss issues that affect the community radio sector as a whole”, he says “from the outset we worked as a team, no hidden agendas or grandstanding, it’s been brilliant.”
The project, which cost just over $45,000, has now been successfully completed with all stations happy with the overall results.
Carmel Pickup of todayscountry94one said “Whilst the stations involved have found their fortuitous broadcast area has, to some extent lessened, coverage locally has been greatly improved.”
The Community Broadcasting Foundation has advised that whilst a project of this nature is not unheard of, it is believed to be a first for a regional area and the only example of its kind in NSW.
The member stations of Gosford/Wyong Community Radio Association Inc will continue to work together to manage and maintain their shared equipment for the ongoing benefit of the Central Coast radio audience.
Peter Little (CoastFM963) Carmel Pickup (todayscountry94one) Wayne Flett (Radio Five-O-Plus)